49ers Weakness – Defensive Backfield
According to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. he says that the weakness of the 49ers is their secondary. He also mentions that outside of Frank Gore and Vernon Davis no one on offense should feel safe about their starting position.
Walt Harris was lost for the season in a recent minicamp, and that loss makes an already questionable group even more worrisome. The signing of Dre’ Bly does help make up for the loss, but it also should be considered a step down.
Nate Clements is a good player, but not an elite one. He is a physical player who also contributes against the run and does a number of things well. But his coverage skills aren’t at the level of Nnamdi Asomugha and Champ Bailey.
Tarell Brown has a fair amount of upside and could be a surprise player as he matures. But he doesn’t match up well against the Seahawks’ or Cardinals’ third wide receiver option at this point.
Brown will compete with Shawntae Spencer for the third corner spot. Spencer has good size (6-foot-1), but he has been more of a liability than an asset since joining the team.
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